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Oct 24, 2015 9:19 AM

NH Pumpkin Festival 2015 is this weekend. Here's what you should know


LACONIA - It's Pumpkin Fest weekend! There's one thing everyone already knows. There will be A LOT of pumpkins.

But here are some things about the festival you might not know, but you really, really should.

It's in Laconia this year

After decades in Keene, the Pumpkin Festival has moved to Laconia. After Keene State College students rioted during the event last year, the city decided not to renew the contract of the festival. Laconia quickly stepped in and welcomed it.

It's the 25th anniversary of the festival

Nancy Sporborg founded the Pumpkin Festival in 1991 (originally called the Harvest Festival). In the long tradition of pumpkins, the festival has been featured on television multiple times. It's set world records. It's lost world records. And then it has set them again.

The world record for most lit jack-o'-lanterns at once is 30,581 - set in Keene in 2013.

There are going to be SO MANY activities

The festival's official hours are 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. on Saturday, but roads start to close at 6 a.m.

Here's a jam-packed map of everything that's going on Saturday.

You can take a look at the full schedule here.

Parking is going to be a thing.

Parking is $15 per vehicle, however there will be free shuttles to the festival. Here's where you should park.

Red Line: Coming from I-93, Exit 20 Tilton, and coming north on NH-106 from Concord. 6 lots for more than 2,000 cars at and near Lakes Region Community College, 79 Belmont Road in Laconia.

White Line: Coming from I-93 Exit 23 New Hampton. 11 lots for more than 1.000 cars at and near New Hampshire Ball Bearing, 155 Lexington Dr. in Laconia/

Blue Line: Coming from US-3 Meredith. 4 lots for more than 1,000 cars at and near Weirs Drive-in and Faro’s Italian Grille, 70 Endicott Street in N. Weirs Beach (Laconia).

More info can be found here.

You can get live updates ALL DAY from WEMJ-1490.

WEMJ will be live all day from the Pumpkin Festival with updates on parking, activities, cool pumpkins and so much more! Just tune into 1490 on the AM dial.

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So stop by and say hello! NH1 personalities will be wandering around and hanging out all day.

Show us your pumpkin!


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